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My daughter is currently 10 months old and while she is walking fairly consistently, I’m not comfortable letting her free to run around outside. I love baby wearing because it eliminates the need for a stroller and keeps my hands free. Because let’s face it… babies nap better and longer when they’re closer to a parent. Before I know it, I won’t be able to carry her around so I’m enjoying it now!
Baby K’tan recently sent us one of their amazing carriers to review*. While we reviewed quite a few baby wearing carriers, Baby K’tan wasn’t on our list simply because we hadn’t had the opportunity to try it! Retailing at $49.95, I couldn’t justify buying one when no one I know had tried it. Yes, we moms rely on word-of-mouth referrals.
So even though this carrier is fairly new on the market, it has quickly become one of my favorites. In fact, as I’m typing up this review, my daughter is currently asleep comfortably in the Baby K’tan. When I pop her in, she’s asleep within minutes! The closeness and snuggle factor this wrap provides is very comforting for baby and comfortable for me. Want one? Enter our Giveaway below!
Check out the video below comparing the Baby K’Tan to a traditional wrap style baby carrier!
Thanks to Baby K’tan, we have one carrier to giveaway. The GIVEAWAY starts 5/14/2013. The winner will be selected by random and we will announce the winner on our blog and Facebook page after the deadline of 5/26/2013. The winner will be emailed instructions how to claim their selected size and color of the Baby K’tan carrier.
We will be contacting the winner at the end of the month! Good luck!
*NOTE: Baby K’Tan sent us a carrier to review and we are not being compensated for this review.
If you have joined us in any of our signing series or classes, you have probably heard us talking about how signing has language development and literacy. Young babies and children can essentially “read” books with us by using signs, which instills an interest in books and reading at an early age. However, did you also know that signs can help children learn to love music?
In our MORE Sign, Say & Play® series, we focus on how signing can help social and emotional development in our babies and children. During our FARM week, we share that your child’s all-time favorite music are songs sung by their favorite people: mom and/or dad (or caregivers).
Now that our son is two, it seems as if overnight he has learned to recite and sing along with a few of his highly-requested songs, such as ABCs, Itsy Bitsy Spider, The Wheels on the Bus, and Old McDonald. While I am a music enthusiast and regularly play music and sing songs to my son, my husband needs a bit more encouragement. Therefore, we got into the habit of showing our son signs to go with some of the songs we sang to make signing songs more fun for both our son and my husband. Usually, our son copies us and signs along as we sing, however within the past few months, we have seen a transformation with his signing, speaking, and demonstration of his growing independence (and opinions).
A few weeks ago, during dinner, our son suddenly requested we sing “Old McDonald.” Since we struggle with his weight gain, we will often play games and entertain him during meals to distract him in hopes he eats more. As we were signing and suggesting animals (e.g. Cow and Duck), suddenly our son stops and says “No… Bah!” as he signed “SHEEP.” (See below for a short clip!) It was then that I realized that not only can toddlers use their signs to help in their language development, but they use their signs to become a partner in music and song!
Children are incredibly smart and understand much more about their environment and the world around them than they can typically verbally communicate. By giving them a chance to share their thoughts and feelings, we not only give them an opportunity to build their self-esteem, but we are also helping them learn!
You don’t have to be the best singer or musician – your child does not care! They love anything you sing to them (or they can sing with you) as long as you are spending time with them. So, the next time your child asks you to sing them another song, embrace their request and sing them a song (or two) and know that every word and tune that comes out of your mouth is a chance to get those wheels turning in their brains and allow you to bond with your child!
I just brought my new baby home from the hospital and recall looking at him and wondering, “what did I get myself into?” After my son was born, I thought I knew what to do with babies. I was wrong. I had NO idea what I was doing. Aside from the constant feedings, diaper changes, and sleep deprivation, I did not know how to do with my baby.
After a few months, we settled into our routines (thank goodness!) and I felt I had a decent handle on the daily “infant” needs. I clearly remember staring at him as he lay on the floor wondering, “Now what?” He would look back at me with his shiny brown eyes, blinking, as if he expected me to perform. I was at a loss.
I knew he needed tummy time, but he would yell and cry every time I lay him on his tummy. I knew there were certain physical and cognitive milestones he was supposed to meet, but I had no idea how to help him get there. And I knew that we needed help bonding, since we both experienced challenges within the first few months of his life. But I didn’t know how to do it.
It wasn’t until after I became an On The Grow™ Educator with the Baby Signs® program that I realized how easy it was to “play” with your infant. All I needed was a few nursery songs/rhymes, a blanket, and a cup of coffee. However, during the haze of new and early parenting, I don’t think I would have been able to recall the songs, find a blanket, or even drink a cup of coffee without falling asleep!
Fortunately, the Baby Signs® program have made it even easier for you, by organizing these easy songs and activities into four baby-focused classes:
In these classes you will not only learn easy ways to “play” with your infant, but you can help your baby begin to meet developmental milestones, such as vision development, brain development, and tummy time! Additionally, one-on-one time can help increase the bond between caregiver and child. (Since bonding with your baby is very important for baby, we encourage all parents – including moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers – to participate in this fun series!)
Join us at our next 4 week series, at Herself Moms (9125 U Street) starting on Friday, May 3rd from 9:45am-10:30am.
Each class is $15, OR receive a discount when pre-paying for all four weeks! Please visit our Schedule and Registration page for more information or to SIGN UP!
Becoming a mom completely changed my life. I know EVERYONE says that, but I mean it. I was on a corporate path in an Educational Sales job fresh out of college, I was having a great time, just bought a house with my sister, and I was in the application process for an MSW. Then there was that positive pregnancy test. Poop.
[Confession: my words were actually "Oh Shit" and little did I know how many times "poop" would come up in a conversation in the near future...]
So yes, two forms of birth control later and my husband (then fiance) and I had some major decisions to make. One of which was: “I am going to keep working.” Having a baby wasn’t going to slow me down! Little did I know that I didn’t have to slow down. I just had to change. Well that took some time to figure out but guess what… I’m still working!
Fast forward 9 months and I was a stay at home mom with my son for 8 months until I got stir crazy at home and decided to return to the working world. This went on (and off) for three years or so in non-profit and social services type of work alongside of taking classes with the goal to get my Masters. But sadly, it’s hard to get off the so called “Mommy Track.” So something must have shifted (d’uh) because when it came down to the MASTERS VS BABY debate, baby won. We decided on baby #2.
I quit my job for good and jump started Chic Baby teaching Baby Signs® classes and going to school for fun. Fast forward another 9 months and I had my daughter. I continued to teach classes and got quite busy. Fast forward another 9 months and the opportunity to start a Passion Parties business landed in my lap. And here I am.
As I meet more moms like me, I realize that there are so many moms who are rockin’ businesses at home. Many of these moms are successful, confident, and happy. This doesn’t mean that everyone is cut out for it, it doesn’t mean that it’s easy, and it doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with working a 9-5 job. This just means that: (1) we all gravitate towards like minds, and (2) there has to be some reason for why so many moms are great at running businesses from home. So I came up with this list…
So for the last 27 years, I thought life was all about finding yourself. Through children, I realized that we create ourselves. And I chose to create my dream job so I can have my dream life. I chose to change my attitude about “losing out on a career” and decided that I would create a career.
Does this sound too good to be true? I promise it isn’t. It is possible! If you think you can, you can! Wanna try it out?
What does it mean? To some, it can be defined as those who share the same blood line. To others, it may simply be sharing a family name. To me, it doesn’t mean either. Family are people I consider trustworthy and reliable and who love, care, and respect me unconditionally. While I know what my definition of family is, over the years, I have realized that it may not only be unique and different from other people around me, but quite different even from those in the same “family.”
Before I go any further, I would like to share a little bit about my personal life. My nuclear family consists of a special blend of adoptive parents and adoptees. My two sisters and I were adopted when we were infants and therefore consider our adoptive parents, our “parents,” and even more importantly – family. Personally, our family has not only struggled with the issues of adoption – not everyone in the extended family agreed or approved of our adoptions – but we also experienced alienation and discrimination as a result of our interracial family.
A few years ago, my husband and I met, had our first child, and married. None of which would I ever regret, however choosing and marrying someone ultimately means marrying into a “family”.
Personally, this is something I struggle with today. I’m not sure if it my lack of trust of others regarding my adoption or growing up feeling racially distant from those around me, but I do know that it has impacted whether I to open up to others. I realize that my decisions are driven by my past experiences, values, and opinions. I also realize that my decisions may not always be the “right” choices, or decisions accepted by everyone around me.
Going back to the issue at hand, because I experienced not so positive encounters and interactions with extended family in terms of our adoptions, I both value and unfortunately limit those I consider “family.” Coming from a loving and supportive (adoptive) family who have not only invested time and energy in helping me not only work through my personal battle growing up interracially, but also helped me battle the forever issue of adoption (which comes up in conversation much more often than I would like.)
A few months ago, I had an experience that not only forced me to rethink my own family values and beliefs, but also made me seriously doubt the decisions I make for my family. Suddenly, I did not know what I believed in and why I felt so strongly about certain things. While I know most of my decisions are based on my past experiences, I recently learned that the majority of my choices now revolve around my growing child. Some may call me selfish and rude, but during these early and crucial moments in his life, I realize how much every experience defines his personality and his future. Now, currently pregnant with our second child and having a young toddler at home – whom I share the same “blood” and family name with – I am even more conflicted between parenting through my personal experiences, while wanting to give both children opportunities to fully experience the world around them.
I may not have any advice to offer, but I can share – that in my opinion – it is most important you feel empowered to make those difficult choices for you and your child. If something does not feel comfortable to you as a parent, then you have every right to avoid that situation. Your child will have many opportunities as he or she gets older to reestablish connections and relationships in the future. Enjoy the few precious moments you have with your baby and make the most of them.
In conclusion, what is family? For some it may be blood, for others it is the name, and a few may even see it as merely a social meaning. In the end, family means nothing while at the same time it means everything. Family is what you define it to be. Write your own story and love YOUR family.